"Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Alexander McQueen on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Alexander McQueen on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Alexander McQueen on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Alexander McQueen on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Alexander McQueen on Ray Charles
"I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12."
"I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists."
"There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do - but that part is for me. It's my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There's a sadness to it, but there's romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person."
"I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design."
"Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way."